Monthly Archives: February 2007


More problems with the repair forum, but with a twist. This time, it’s not the forum per se that’s causing the problem; the entire datacenter in which the forum is hosted is down while they install a new power cable. Was supposed to only take three hours starting at midnight. But, we know how those sorts of promises go. I’ll update here when I know more.

UPDATE: Everything is groovy in Dataville. Come on in and say, “Hey.” Maybe set a spell. Whatever.

Venting a Dryer into the Attic

Question: We are building a new house. Want to put in stackable washer and dryer. Can we vent dryer through ceiling into attic or does it need to go out side wall?

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Ahh, this reminds me of a limerick me Papa-san used to tell me when I was but a whelp:

There once was a yankee from Natick
Who vented his dry’r in the attic
But the attic grew moist
And the black mold rejoic’t
So he fled from his home in a panic.

Thank you, thank you very much. I’m here all week. Tell your friends. 8)

Meet the Appliantology Masters

Need help with an appliance problem? The Samurai Appliance Repair Forum is where you’ll get it. And not just from other appliance repair virgins like yourself. Nay, nay, young Grasshopper, perish the thought! At the Samurai Appliance Repair Forum, you’ll get expert, personalized help from real-life Master Appliantologists. Come, meet some of them. Then join the forum and suckle the pure milk of appliance repair wisdom like a lame calf at your mother’s swollen teat!

For Those About to Rock, We Salute You!


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name = Laura
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comments = Your site, for lack of better vocabulary, ROCKS! I just replaced my ancient GE dryer’s belt thanks to you! I don’t have much to donate, but you can get a sixpack at least. Depends, I suppose, on where you’re buying the beer lol. Anyway, Thanks for such an awesome, informative, amusing site!


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name = Sonya
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comments = You have helped me fix my washing machine twice, my frig/freezer, and now my dryer! Thanks for your help and this great website for d.i.y.’s (in other words…those too poor to afford a repair person).

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comments = You rock! All I needed was the secret sequence of magical mechanical invocations to make my washing machine become putty in my hands, and your site provided it in seconds. My clothes are completing their previously stalled cycle as I write this. It’s people like you that make the Internet great!


Appliance Rock

Motherboard Recall on GE Refrigerators

A motherboard on a refrigerator? Aren’t those only used in computers? The common sense answer is, “They should be.” But GE, in it’s never-ending quest to produce ever more frail appliances using cheesy electronic control boards made in Chinese prison factories, uses a motherboard on a refrigerator to replace several robust mechanical parts such as cold controls and defrost timers. The end result? A refrigerator that requires a proprietary (and, naturally, expensive) handheld computer to diagnose the motherboard (or muthaboard, as you’ll come to call it), is more convoluted to troubleshoot, and has a much higher failure rate.

How much higher of a failure rate? Well, enough so that GE had to issue a mea culpa letter to GE servicers:

Recent analysis has discovered a potential problem with the main circuit board on a limited number of refrigerator models, which could lead to lower than anticipated life expectancy on that component. Therefore, if the main circuit board fails, GE Consumer & Industrial will replace this part free of charge to the consumer until further notice.

Awww, ain’t that sweet? They’re actually gonna cover the cost of replacing the muthaboard in that joke of refrigerator that you paid too much for. How about all the food you lost? And what about all the time you spent on the phone with GE waiting to get someone who spoke English only to be told, “You’ll need to call a GE authorized servicer. I can give you the name of one near you.”

The letter goes on to list all the GE models included in this de facto recall. You can read the saga of one hapless GE owner in this topic at the repair forum. One of the Academy Fellows, Pegi, posted the notice letter from GE, which lists all the models included in the recall. Look for it. Be there now.

To learn more about your refrigerator, or to order parts, click here.

Tired Mom Fixes Her Kenmore Washer

Oh Great Samurai, I am most indebted to your great wisdom and guidance. The husband (who is totally repair disabled) and I (who repairs because there is no other option) replaced the drive coupler on our Kenmore washer in about an hour. Your diagrams and tips were right on, and the fact that I can go back to washing the ten million loads of laundry my sweet children gift me daily is most rewarding. One interesting tip is that we used a couple of wood blocks (my son’s toy box type) to hold up the motor. It made putting the couplers back together much easier. Many thanks and blessings.

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Congratulations on your successful repair, my worthy apprentice. Good repair tip, too. Domos and blessings back atcha. 8)